Family : Moringaceae
Botanical name: Moringa oleifera Lam.
Sanskrit : Sigru, Sobhanjana, Akshiva, Mochaka, Teekshnaganda
English : Drumstick tree
Hindi : Senchan
Malayalam : Muringa
Drumstick tree is a small, deciduous tree, of the family Moringaceae, native to tropical Asia but also naturalized in Africa and tropical America. Drumstick trees can reach a height of about 9 m (30 feet); they have corky gray bark, branching and fernlike leaves. Highly scented white flowers and long bean like seed pods. Seed pods are used as a vegetable, especially in south Indian cuisine, e.g. drumstick sambar. An excellent oil is derived from the seeds, which is used for cooking and lubrication of delicate mechanisms. The leaves are extensively used as a vegetable in many parts of the world, and the root can be made into a condiment similar to horseradish.
All parts of the Drumstick tree is used for medicinal purposes (bark, bud, root). It is mainly used to treat the swelling from the bite of viper, to stop the sweating of blood and the juice of its bark is used for preparing medicinal pills.
Moringa has been used in folk medicine, including Siddha medicine and Ayurvedic traditional medicines and in the Philippines. In Ayurvedic traditional medicine, the leaves are believed to affect blood pressure and glucose levels. In Africa and Indonesia, moringa leaves are given to nursing mothers in the belief that they increase lactation.
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